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Marc Atchison is a veteran journalist and a seasoned traveller with more than 20 years of travel writing experience. As the former Travel Editor of the Toronto Star, Canada's largest newspaper, and now Editor-in-Chief and Senior Writer for TraveLife magazine (Canada) and travelife.ca, Marc has been to over 100 countries in the world. Japan is one of his favorite destinations and he's been there on numerous occasions.
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It's 'hang time' in Bilbao

It's 'hang time' in Bilbao

BILBAO, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN — I turn a corner in the Getxo district of this lovely Basque city and am stopped in my tracks by what looks like a giant Erector Set version of London’s Tower Bridge.
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Glacier Express a frozen Swiss treat

Glacier Express a frozen Swiss treat

ANDERMATT, SWITZERLAND — From my seat aboard the Glacier Express, I feel like I’m looking at an endless series of Giovanni Segantini paintings.
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A night to remember in Zürich

A night to remember in Zürich

Zürich - Out of the shadows of a darkened Old Town street walks a man wearing a black cape and tricorne. His face is gaunt, his skin a ghostly white. In one hand he carries a lamp. In the other, a long staff with a spear and axe affixed at the top.
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Who discovered Canada? 'We did,' say the Basque!

Who discovered Canada? 'We did,' say the Basque!

PASAIA, BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN - In this tiny backwater fishing port that opens up to the Atlantic’s Bay of Biscay, Canadian and Basque history intersect at a small maritime museum that is hoping to recreate the past.
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The Chedi Andermatt a Swiss surprise

The Chedi Andermatt a Swiss surprise

ANDERMATT, SWITZERLAND - Anticipation builds as the scenic Glacier Express train I boarded earlier in the day in St. Moritz begins its long, slow decent from the stunning Oberalp Pass into the Urseren Valley where lovely Andermatt and my next Swiss Deluxe Hotel, The Chedi Andermatt, is located.
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Zurich's Hotel Widder a Swiss treasure

Zurich's Hotel Widder a Swiss treasure

ZURICH - I walk out of Zurich’s bustling main rail station and ask the police officer standing on the corner of the city’s busy shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse, for directions to the landmark Hotel Widder.
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Interlaken's Victoria-Jungfrau a wellness paradise

Interlaken's Victoria-Jungfrau a wellness paradise

INTERLAKEN, SWITZERLAND - I’m told people come to this picturesque mountain community nestled in the bosom of an enchanting Alpine valley seeking solace on what’s known as “wellness weekends.”
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St. Mortiz' Carlton Hotel a special place

St. Mortiz' Carlton Hotel a special place

ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND - The driver with the heavy Italian accent who picks me up at the train station in The Carlton Hotel's shiny new Bentley, tells me he’s been working at the hotel just three months — “because we are only open three months of the year.”
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Geneva is an UN-usual Place to Visit

Geneva is an UN-usual Place to Visit

GENEVA - This may be the most important city in the world – a city that tells the rest of us how to live. Geneva, which boasts 4,000 years of history, is always in the news.
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Vevey is an amusing little place to visit

Vevey is an amusing little place to visit

GENEVA - Friends and I played a game during our visit to this Alpine beauty, checking our Japanese- made watches to see if the trains would arrive at the time posted on the station clock. Without fail, each pulled into the charming stations with the mountain views right on time.
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